Article about Katie from the 4/11/09 edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. (Scroll down past header picture.)
Article about Katie in the 3/19/09 edition of the Georgia Bulletin. (Available upon request.)
More about Katie:
My $17,000 of educational debt is the sole remaining hindrance to my entry into the convent. My future religious community, the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, have asked me to be debt free by the time I begin formation in August 2009. Absorbing the debt of incoming members is simply impractical for the sisters as they continue to found new missions, educate young sisters, and care for their own elderly. I am presently working three part-time jobs to eliminate this debt, but I need the help of friends, family, and strangers to help meet this challenge. As of June 2009, I have paid my loans in full.
A native of Dunwoody, GA, I was raised in a Catholic family. I was active in my hometown parish (St. Jude the Apostle, and later All Saints) as an altar server and member of the youth group. After graduating from St. Pius X Catholic High School, I moved to Notre Dame, IN to attend Saint Mary’s College. (See my Face-to-Face article here.) I graduated in 2005 with a degree in Religious Studies. My desire to pursue a Masters brought me to Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO where I completed my Master of Divinity in December 2008. While in St. Louis, I began to seriously discern a call to religious life. My decision to join the Apostles was affirmed by the deep sense of joy I felt when I was around the sisters, by the passion and love they have for their ministries, and by their witness to life in community.
More about the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus were founded in Italy in 1894 by Clelia Merloni. In 1902, six Italian sisters arrived in Boston to begin serving the immigrant community. By 1906, the sisters moved to Hamden, Connecticut where their U.S. Provincialate is presently located. The motto of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart, “Caritas Christi Urget Nos”-The Love of Christ Impels Us-summarizes the moving force of their lives. Today, Apostles of the Sacred Heart number 1,300 and serve on five continents in thirteen countries in schools, parishes, social outreach offices, hospitals, and diocesan offices.
Immigrants themselves, the Apostles arrived in St. Louis in 1913 and quickly began to serve the Italian immigrants of Our Lady Help of Christians parish. Today, the sisters teach in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in educational ministries at Sacred Heart Villa Preschool, St. Ambrose School, Cor Jesu Academy, and Saint Louis University Doisy College of Health Sciences. They serve within the parishes of St. Ambrose, Our Lady of the Rosary, and St. Joseph (Imperial). They also minister at Queen of Apostles Spiritual Life Center and St. Vincent de Paul Youth/Young Adult Development.